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How do you know you're choosing the right probate attorney?

For those of you who don’t know, probate is the legal process of establishing the validity of a will. This process can be very stressful, expensive and frustrating for a family, highlighting the need for the right probate attorney. However, there are also multiple ways to avoid probate.

What are some traits you should look for when choosing a probate attorney?

Below are some good ideas and examples of qualifications you should consider when deciding on an attorney for your specific needs.

  • Understand your potential attorney’s expertise!

  • When choosing the correct attorney, you want to make sure the attorney has practiced in the field that your case is in. You wouldn’t want to hire an attorney who isn’t familiar with the different state standards. It is also essential that your prospective attorney is up to speed on recent cases.

  • Reputations matter!

  • Attorney fees can be very costly, especially with probate cases, which often take long periods of time. Because of this, you want to make sure you hire the right attorney for your needs. Websites, such as and, are good resources to see reviews, ratings and client interactions of prospective attorneys.

  • Trust your instincts!

  • When you’re hiring an attorney, first impressions are extremely important. If you feel uncomfortable like you’re not connecting with the attorney, do not hire him/her. Follow your gut.

Lauren Richardson is extremely well-versed in probate, has handled a number of probate cases and is sensitive to the needs of her clients. Lauren Richardson Law, PLLC offers a free, 15-minute phone consultation for prospective clients to offer legal guidance. Feel free to contact our law offices if you have any questions regarding probate and estate planning. We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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